490R & 498T
Posted 17 February 2014 - 02:33 PM
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Posted 25 June 2014 - 03:14 PM
I've played with a bunch of SDs. like sh4, 5, 6, 13 and 2 and 59 in neck - in LP. SDs are great but there is some qualities in 490s that fits my taste.
This is not the matter of gain and output in nowadays amps and boosts which can give you massive gain from quite low output pickup.
For me it's better to have lower output since it gives some clarity - but maybe it's just my years.
Played an LP with 498 in the bridge and it was too compressed .
You had a SH-13 or Dimebucker in the NECK? Really? That's a huge switch from the other pickups you list. Did you not know it was a super output pickup designed for Diamond Darrell from Pantera?
Posted 27 June 2014 - 05:23 AM
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Posted 21 April 2015 - 03:03 PM
I have a GTX Stratocaster copy that I replaced the Bridge single coil pickup, with the 498T. I wanted some versatility as well as keeping a somewhat Gibson sound for live playing, and not having to switch guitars. Well of course, there is no substituting an actual Gibson Guitar, it works good enough for me. I also put in two push-pull pots allowing me to choose single coil sounds.
I really like the sounds I'm getting out of this setup. Love the 498T!
Posted 21 April 2015 - 05:02 PM
The 498T makes - alternatingly, of course - two great single coils and a nice parallel coils humbucker, too. Can definitely confirm that. By the way, I know that '57 Classics, '57 Classic Pluses, and the Burstbuckers do that, too. No Burstbucker 3 here, but I guess it will like the other four do
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Posted 19 August 2015 - 04:07 PM
It's been my experience that many players who buy a new LP Studio, or SG Standard (two of the more affordable Gibson USA models..) often times blindly replace one, or both of these pickups immediately after getting their guitar home. This seems a travesty to me! It's my opinion that the 490, and 498 are some of Gibsons best pickups when in an all mahogany guitar..
What suits one may not suit another, so its no use asking others which pickups are good - you will only get their opinion - you have to use your own ears, but.....
I might ruffle a few opinions here - but I find sound/tone to be very subjective and relative to the mood of the player on the day. I have two guitars with the 490/498 combination fitted and love them. However, whichever guitar I pick up, whatever pickups are fitted, the ones I really hated yesterday somehow sound really good today and vice versa, depending on how I feel.
I know some things will never change and a cheap, bad pickup will never sound good. But if all your guitars have good quality pickups, the variation in tone will please you some days but not others depending on your mood, the style of music you play at the time etc
Different brands of amp also have a strong affect on the sound of a pickup. I have two tube amps and, using the same guitar, can't get exactly the same tone from both no matter how much I fiddle with the tone settings etc. I just use the amp that sounds 'right' on the day.
And some days you will want to rattle the roof tiles, and other days you will play gentler tunes - will one type of pickup perform both tasks well? Only your own ears can tell you.
Too many variable for me to say one pickup is good and another bad - but I know I like 57 Classic Plus, 490/498 together, and even Burstbucker Pro on a good day.
Posted 20 August 2015 - 01:06 AM
They came with my Ebony Studio Les Paul. I'm basically a plug and play guy. I was unable to get crunchy R&R sound without using pedal. This mystified me.
I bought a Seymore Duncan Hotrodded PU set and suddenly my Studio LP was a plug and play guitar like I wanted.
I simply wasn't getting crunchy enough sounds from the Gibby PUs. The 490r/498t is an expensive set of PUs so I am still miffed why they weren't plug and play R&R PUs. Why were they even made if they wouldn't crunch?
Maybe one day I'll solder them back into the Studio and give them another chance but for now the SD Hotrodders are doing the job.
Now I just take my SD Hot Rodders and plug them in and play. Crunch, crunch, crunch. No pedal.